On Tuesday, March 15, Leesville held the spring blood drive. 105 students and staff signed up to donate between one and two pints of blood. The blood will go to several people in urgent need of blood transfusions. Teachers and students who met the requirements, including Dr. Muttillo himself, joined in on the event.
The blood drive isn’t for everyone, but people who do choose to participate typically have an outside motivation besides an excuse to get out of class. Having a needle stuck in your arm for 15 minutes isn’t exactly something that is desirable, so most people have a specific reason behind donating blood.
Each person that donates 2 pints of blood can potentially save three lives. This year, 88 units were collected from the students and staff of LRHS. That is over 200 lives saved just from the spring drive!
Bo Byers, a junior at LRHS, was among the 105 students/staff to participate in the blood drive. “I did the blood drive because I obviously wanted to save three lives, but I also know my grandma in Florida is in need of blood, and I wanted to make sure I was doing everything I could to help,” said Byers.
Whether or not a student participates in the blood drive for personal reasons, to give to those in need or as an excuse to get out of class, they are helping someone in dire need of blood. The blood drive is a great, easy way to make a difference in someone’s life.
The blood drive takes place twice a year at Leesville. The next blood drive at Leesville will be held in the fall of the 2016-2017 school year.